Two months after introducing the SLDR driver, TaylorMade has announced the addition of SLDR fairway woods and Rescue clubs.
Similar to the SLDR driver, each club combines a low and forward centre of gravity (CG) placement, with weight is re-located to the front of the head to promote faster ball speed, a higher launch angle and lower spin rate.
“We have heard from all types of golfers, ranging from weekend players to tour pros, that SLDR is the longest TaylorMade driver they have hit,” said Tom Olsavsky, TaylorMade’s senior director of product creation for Metalwoods.
“This eye-opening distance gain is a result of the low and forward CG placement. This is the holy grail for distance and we anticipate similar fanfare for the SLDR fairway and Rescue clubs,” he said.
The other performance attribute in the new SLDR fairway and Rescue clubs is an improved Speed Pocket. As seen in the RocketBallz metalwood and irons, the Speed Pocket increases face flexibility to promote faster ball speed.
Unlike the previous RocketBallz metalwood line-up, which had an open slot on the bottom of the clubhead, the SLDR’s Speed Pocket design features a polymer fill to keep grass and debris out of the pocket.
The smaller Speed Pocket of SLDR fairways and Rescues also allowed TaylorMade engineers to move the clubhead’s CG lower and farther forward.
SLDR fairways and Rescues incorporate the same charcoal-gray crown and traditional shaping as the SLDR driver.
The dark crown-color contrasts with the silver-colored clubface to make it easy to align the face accurately at address. They also have a shallow face that delivers a clean and confidence-inspiring look at address.
Available in both the SLDR fairways and Rescue clubs, TaylorMade’s Loft-Sleeve technology allows golfers to adjust the loft 1.5 degrees up or down to dial in their best launch conditions.
In the past, players have been reluctant to play higher lofted metalwoods because of an increased spin rate. However, the new low-forward CG location is designed to dramatically reduce spin for greater distances with higher lofted clubs.